Hunter Hall Cross Country relays 2018

Last Wednesday we welcomed Sedbergh, Austin Friars and Mowden Hall to our annual cross-country relays.

With children from Years 1 to 6 taking part; it is becoming an inspirational event, where our charges, large and small, show their potential. Once again they delivered a reminder of how amazing they are when given the platform, encouragement and support. Throughout the afternoon, there were so many impressive individual performances, exceptional team results, huge smiles and most impressively, cheers for all the runners.  

Our U7 girls’ team set an extremely high bench mark when they claimed glory by winning the first race of the afternoon. Ellie ensured the team were amongst the lead bunch by the end of leg 1, Antonia then pushed herself to the limit and not only caught the lead runners but passed them all on the hill. Maggie, then took the baton on a wandering tour of the course but ensured she maintained the lead. Her determined face was picture! As she passed the baton to her speedy sister Minnie, the race was all but over. The girls were rightly delighted!  
The U7 boys also demonstrated their brilliance and the cheers of “Hubi, Hubi, Hubi!” as he passed the Hunter Hall spectators were enough to get the hairs standing on the back of your neck! Their 4th place, with a team that contained two reception children, was equally amazing. 
The U9 girls then took to the course. Evie got all off to a good start; Matilda H. then improved matters further by overtaking two teams to put them into 2nd place. The third leg was going to be crucial and Esme was more than up to the challenge. She demonstrated exceptional pacing and steely determination to establish a significant lead over the third place team. By the time Lucy He received the baton the gold may have been out of sight, but the silver medal was theirs! 
With three Hunter Hall teams on the start line for the U9 boys’ race, our strength in depth was impressive. The A team did not disappoint; Luca, Piers, Casey and Matthew lead from start to finish and were half a lap ahead of 2nd place by the end. Our B team produced the performance of the afternoon to pick up the silver medal, ensuring a Hunter Hall one, two. Louis got the boys off to a great start, leaving scorch marks down the final hill. Samuel and Jonty both ran superbly and built a commanding lead over Austin Friars, before Fergal Rowley finished it off in style. The C team got off to a steady start, but Stefan ensured they gained quickly on the leading pack. Ted managed to chase down the Mowden Hall teams before passing the baton to Zach who brought the boys home with a spirited final leg.  
The U11 girls were also there on mass with A, B & C teams taking part. The A team saw Ilaria, Eva and Paisley all deliver impressive runs; by the time Charlotte received the baton on the last leg, she had a significant gap to third place. Her effort was phenomenal and by the time she hit the hill, Charlotte had them right in her sights. Sadly, on this occasion the energy levels had been depleted but her spirit was unquestionable. The B & C teams all ran brilliantly, and it was great to see Josephine, Sophia battling it out down the final hill. 
Harry got the U11 A team off to a great start, in the final race of the day. Edward then gave it everything, before Kai closed the gap on the team in front. Dylan had a huge amount to do and could have been excused for giving up on claiming 4th place. Not a thought of it! He gave it absolutely everything and ensured by the time he descended down the final hill, he was within touching distance. The sprint to the line was sensational and ensured the boys came home in a well-deserved 4th place. Joe looked the part as he flew down the hill for the B team and Matthew charged round to bring the B team home in 6th place. As always with an event like this, it is the coming together of the school: children, staff and parents that makes the afternoon run well and thus ensures all our visitors receive a warm welcome. Max, Ross, Toby and Kenny were brilliant in their role as marshals; they must have covered several miles themselves with their continuous desire to support and encourage all the runners. Their attitude and behaviour were praised by staff and parents from several schools. It was a fabulous afternoon that showcased Hunter Hall at its very best. 
Mr A Hetherington 

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